Here’s a first look Call of Duty’s battle royale map

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Here’s a first look Call of Duty’s battle royale map

Details for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s new battle royale mode, Blackout, continue to trickle in. Developer Treyarch revealed the mode’s map in a tweet on Wednesday. The post was made as a teaser for the mode’s upcoming beta, which begins on Sept. 10 for PlayStation 4 players.

While a map doesn’t exactly give us much to go on, we can at least get an idea of what the mode’s terrain might look like. Based on that map, there are quite a few familiar-looking areas for players that have enjoyed other battle royale games in the past, or more specifically, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, with its two large landmasses divided by a river players will surely have to cross frequently.

Nintendo Direct September 2018: What to expect

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Nintendo Direct September 2018: What to expect

Nintendo’s got 35 minutes of announcements, reveals, updates and all that other good stuff coming tomorrow, Sept. 6. The first Nintendo Direct of the fall will kicks off at 6 p.m. ET, which gives us more than enough time to speculate on what could be shown off during the presentation.

Speculating is exactly what we’re doing below; read on for what we’re expecting from the September Nintendo Direct.

Nintendo Direct presentation airs Sept. 6

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Nintendo Direct presentation airs Sept. 6

A Nintendo Direct will stream on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. ET. As per the event’s landing page, Nintendo will show off games for both 3DS and Switch during the latest presentation.

The Nintendo Direct will run about 35 minutes, according to the company. That sounds like the company will have a good deal to talk about, which is always exciting for fans. (We hope, anyway.) It’s also the first time since E3 2018 that Nintendo will devote time to a number of games, not just a single title.

NBA 2K19’s developers say they heard your MyCareer complaints

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NBA 2K19’s developers say they heard your MyCareer complaints

The story of NBA 2K19’s MyCareer, the series’ long-running single-player career mode, is about an arrogant athlete who needs to learn some humility. In a way, that tale could serve as an analogy for NBA 2K developer Visual Concepts itself, as far as the game’s career mode and online play are concerned.

Last year’s NBA 2K18 won plenty of accolades, as each new entry in this perennially acclaimed franchise does. But as players spent more time with MyCareer and the Neighborhood — a revamped online hub that transformed menus into a walkable in-game space — they became frustrated with how slow everything felt.

A PAX West panel adds to the current Riot Games controversy

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A PAX West panel adds to the current Riot Games controversy

Riot had a multi-day presence at PAX West, including a two-day viewing party for the NA LCS semi-final matches. On Aug. 31, in room 613, according to the event’s official description, Riot hosted “a variety of sessions to support women and non-binary folks who are interested in getting into games professionally,” with presentations given by women from Riot. The day began with one-on-one resume reviews and feedback, and continued into game design discussions.

When League of Legends fans saw the exclusive sessions and review block, they began to ask questions on social media. Riot Games recruiter Mel Capperino-Garcia clarified the policy in response to those questions.

Blizzard accidentally released some World of Warcraft gear way too early

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Blizzard accidentally released some World of Warcraft gear way too early

World of Warcraft’s new Mythic+ dungeons are finally here, but some players are getting high-powered gear from them way too early.

The Mythic+ system was a new feature during WoW’s last expansion, Legion, and it encouraged players to try to complete the game’s dungeons as fast as they possibly could. The faster they completed one dungeon, the harder the next dungeon would be and the better the rewards. At the end of each week, players would receive an extra high-level item for the hardest dungeon they managed to complete.

Battlefield 5’s battle royale mode will be a 64-player, squad-based affair

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Battlefield 5’s battle royale mode will be a 64-player, squad-based affair

Battlefield 5’s take on the battle royale genre is called Firestorm and will throw 64 players into the series’ biggest map in a contest to be the last squad standing, developer DICE said in a new video.

Firestorm will use a squad-based structure, meaning 16 teams of four players will battle it out together instead of players going solo. DICE also promises highly destructible buildings and the vehicle-based combat that Battlefield is known for.

We’ve played 6 hours of Destiny 2: Forsaken, here’s what we think so far

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We’ve played 6 hours of Destiny 2: Forsaken, here’s what we think so far

Destiny 2: Forsaken is being billed as a rebirth for Destiny 2, a great game that saw a massive dip in players after only a few months, and has been going downhill ever since. For most games, a month’s worth of quality engagement would be great, but an online game like Destiny 2 needs more longevity if it wants to keep players coming back. At an Activision-run event at Bungie’s offices last week, I was able to sit down and play about six hours of Forsaken, and I’m pleased to report that it delivers on nearly every front ... so far.

From Forsaken’s opening mission, Destiny 2 feels different than it did two weeks ago. Maybe it’s as simple as the weapon slot changes, but it certainly seems like more than that. The world, the music, the story; it’s all much darker than it was before. It’s a marriage of the overly serious mentality of the first game and the bit-too-lighthearted feeling of the second. Things start bad in Forsaken, and there isn’t any guarantee that they’ll get much better by the expansion’s end. But the worlds appear alive, despite the dark nature of everything surrounding them.

Everything we know about Fortnite’s High Stakes event

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Everything we know about Fortnite’s High Stakes event

Fortnite’s Summer Skirmish has come to an end, and to celebrate the final week Epic hosted a blowout event at PAX West. While the show’s main draw was the competition between some of the best Fortnite players in the world, Epic also gave players a sneak peek at an upcoming in-game Fortnite event.

This new in-game Battle Royale event, called High Stakes, will feature a heist theme and introduce a few new additions. High Stakes seems to share quite a few similarities to other Fortnite events like the Birthday event, in that it will feature a variety of cosmetic rewards, unlocked through challenges. High Stakes will also include a brand new game mode much like the popular Thanos event.